Nicky Hayden was left to reflect on an ultimately disappointing weekend at Misano in Italy.
The American rider had topped the practice times on Friday for the Honda World Superbike Team but slid out of third place in race one on Saturday as he chased Kawasaki pair Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea.
In race two, Hayden was running ninth in the early stages and gradually improved his pace on the CBR1000RR Fireblade as the race progressed, eventually finishing in sixth overall, only 0.124 seconds behind Ioda Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori.
“After yesterday's disappointment I was hoping to bounce back with a better performance,” said Hayden.
“I got an OK start but in turns one, two, three and four I ended up being out of place and not aggressive enough so I got shuffled back through the field. But then I started to feel better on the bike despite running off-track at turn one at one stage.
“From then on my pace improved a little and, if I want to take a positive out of the race, I did my fastest time on lap 19. It was a little too late: I closed down on Savadori on the last lap after I got past Torres. Sixth is surely not a disaster but definitely not something to be too pumped about either,” added Hayden, who is now looking forward to racing on home soil in the USA at Laguna Seca in July.
“I'm a little bit disappointed with my performance today and I'll try to make up for it in Laguna.”